James makes a splash
Bendigo Weekly
KAYAKING ace James Humphry has only been paddling for two years but is already one of the sport's rising stars. He recently cemented that status, named the Bendigo Academy of Sport's Athlete of the Year. ..
26-May-2017
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Rating drop hits banks
Peter Kennedy
Just when regional banks thought they might have had something of a win over their much larger counterparts courtesy of the federal budget, along comes a credit rating downgrade by ratings agency Standard and Poor’s. That’s the grim reality Bendigo and Adelaide Bank managing dire..
26-May-2017
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Council change hits management jobs
Sharon Kemp
CITY of Greater Bendigo faces losing more than 180 years of collective municipal experience after a management level restructure recast 26 roles into 21 and 10 long-term managers were asked to accept a redundancy, reapply for their job or ask to be redeployed. Chief executive Craig Niemann t..
26-May-2017
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Human story of addiction
Sharon Kemp
OVERDOSES from prescription drugs are a hidden epidemic, rarely heard about until they claim the life of a celebrity such as actor Heath Ledger. Yet, Bendigo pharmaceutical students heard this week they are responsible for more deaths in Victoria than road accidents. Health advocates als..
26-May-2017
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Aquatic centre on track
Bendigo Weekly
THE community fundraising campaign for Kangaroo Flat’s new $31 million aquatic centre is keeping pace with the construction of the centre on Browning Street. The Kangaroo Flat Community Enterprise, charged with coordinating fundraising, has reported having raised close to $600,000 towa..
26-May-2017
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Mulder maintains innocent stance
Sharon Kemp
A DEFIANT Bendigo Health chief executive John Mulder says he is looking forward to the completion of a Bendigo Health board investigation into his behaviour. It is three months since Mr Mulder stood aside, during which he has collected more than $100,000 in wages and benefits. In a state..
19-May-2017
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Taxi protests come to Bendigo
Sharon Kemp
VICTORIAN taxi drivers brought their grievances to the electoral office of Bendigo East MP Jacinta Allan for the second time this year but the Transport Minister was in Melbourne. Protestors, led by the Transport Action Group, claimed the state government’s buyback price of $100,000 pe..
20-Feb-2017
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Bangarra covers new terrain
Bendigo Weekly
Bangarra Theatre dancers took time out on Wednesday, ahead of their performance of Terrain: A hymn to country. Terrain is a work exploring the fundamental connection between Aboriginal people and the land. Choreographed in 2012 by Frances Rings, Terrain originated on Arabunna land, in..
17-Feb-2017
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Changes ahead for diocese
Peter Kennedy
THE Diocese of Sandhurst has introduced a raft of changes in response to findings handed down by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that the diocese had the second worst rate of offending of all Australian dioceses. In a broad-ranging and in-depth intervi..
10-Feb-2017
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Gold win for mine
Sharon Kemp
AFTER a decade of steady production, the Fosterville Gold Mine on Bendigo’s doorstep has hit the jackpot, intercepting some of the richest gold mineralisation in the world. At just more than a kilometre below the surface, the rock sample that a drilling rig recovered this month reco..
03-Feb-2017
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Dream becomes reality
Bendigo Weekly
THE biggest project in Bendigo’s history is up and running. All patients have been moved and the enormous task of running the facility starts here. This is stage one, with more stages on the horizon, but if the first instalment is anything to go by, the hospital when complete will be the ..
27-Jan-2017
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Less than a day before the move
Sharon Kemp
THERE is the occasional worker carrying a tube of sealant, but ahead of tomorrow’s one-day move of patients into the new $630 million Bendigo Hospital, most working there are health professionals readying themselves at their stations. Tomorrow the move will be managed from three comman..
23-Jan-2017
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Chill out in the heat
Bendigo Weekly
We know when it’s hot: we can feel it. But what is heat? How do we cool down? These school holidays Discovery Science and Technology Centre will be presenting fun and engaging activities to make sure you and the family get the science of keeping cool. At noon and 2pm, t..
05-Jan-2017
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Street stall a growth industry
Bendigo Weekly
Rather than sitting around shaking an empty money box, Ella and Lugh Fraser decided to raise money by setting up a street stall. The two Bendigo children are raising money in order to buy Christmas presents for their family. And this is no lemonade stall either. With her mother&rsq..
21-Dec-2016
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Bright future for high scorers
Joel Peterson
GIRTON Grammar student Sebastian Hawke wasn’t sure he had actually woken up when he received his perfect ATAR score of 99.95 in the early hours of Monday morning. “I was in complete disbelief. I thought I was dreaming or something, and it took about an hour for me to realise wha..
16-Dec-2016
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Darcie follows a defence calling
Joel Peterson
BENDIGO Senior Secondary College also achieved another outstanding crop of VCE results this week, with Georgia Lewon named college dux with a score of 98.4. Georgia’s score included a 49 in health and human development as well as scores of 44 in both German and English. BSSC also h..
16-Dec-2016
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Three in top spot
Joel Peterson
ACCORDING to Catholic College Bendigo’s Aram Perez, Emma McGregor and Jack Duckett, the best way to settle the matter of year 12 dux is simple – don’t. While Bendigo’s two other VCE providers each crowned a single student as their top performer for 2016, CCB had a tre..
16-Dec-2016
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Art works in the lane
Bendigo Weekly
Things just got a whole lot more colourful at the multi-storey car park end of Chancery Lane with a series of fantastic new art works by local artists now on display. The art works are diverse in both style and genre and are already attracting attention and admiration from members of the com..
08-Dec-2016
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Peter's back on the air
Dianne Dempsey
The newly appointed president of 105 LifeFM, Peter Stanton, said he’s extremely happy to be working in radio once more. “I was invited onto the board for 12 months and then in November 2016 elected president.” he said. Broadcasting 24 hours a day, 105.1 LifeFM, is a not..
19-Jan-2017
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Skye's back in Bendigo
Sam Kane
NOT many recently graduated doctors can say they started their career in a new multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art hospital. But, that’s exactly what’s happening for Bendigo’s Skye Kinder – a name well known to locals, and now one of Bendigo Health’s ne..
13-Jan-2017
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Mall a top spot for summer
Bendigo Weekly
Looking for a way to keep the kids entertained over the summer break? Then head down to Hargreaves Mall on Thursday for a Summer School Holiday Fun Day. There will be a water play inflatable jumping castle and slide for some warm weather fun. Children who aren’t keen on gett..
05-Jan-2017
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Food for those in need
Bendigo Weekly
A TIMELY trip has brought some Christmas cheer to Bendigo. Willing Older Workers provides practical and emotional support to workers who are over 50 and either unemployed or underemployed. Recently they received grants to buy a van and a refrigerated trailer which they took to St Andrew&..
21-Dec-2016
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Stepping up for Christmas
Bendigo Weekly
IF you have been walking or driving along Myers Street this month, you may have noticed an ever growing array of baskets hanging on the fence beneath the statue of Captain Cook. Each of the baskets has contained a giveaway or surprise as part of the church’s Advent-ure calendar. Homema..
21-Dec-2016
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Time to spread cheer
Sharon Kemp
IT will be a tough Christmas for some Bendigo families, according to federal member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters, who cites a 75-year high in inequality and the highest ever recorded underemployment in Australia. Ms Chesters has called on Bendigonians to help support local families this Christm..
16-Dec-2016
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Ali's a suitable girl
Simon Wooldridge
Ali Barter arrives in Bendigo next week on the back of glowing plaudits for her recent debut album, A Suitable Girl. She plays at the Star Bar on Thursday, April, 13. Barter’s sound isn’t easy to define. Think pop meets grunge with dance elements, and then throw-in some 199..
06-Apr-2017
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Nitro Circus is on the way
Bendigo Weekly
Nitro Circus is hitting Bendigo on April 8, and it’s the 260th showing of the event that has sold more than three million tickets across 26 countries. The Regional Rampage Tour is already aiming to smash records and reach new heights. The organisers say 12 semi-trailers will trav..
30-Mar-2017
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The dark side
Simon Wooldridge
Emerging from the darker corners of Collingwood in 2011, punk-sludge three-piece Batpiss is finally making the long-awaited trip up the Calder to Bendigo on Friday, April 7. They’re touring currently, promoting new single Weatherboard Man – something of a departure from the disti..
30-Mar-2017
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A comic opera
Joel Peterson
COMBINING comedy, opera and football seems like a recipe for grand final day entertainment so strange that not even the AFL could dream it up. In actual fact, it provides the genesis for Colin Lane and David Hobson’s new show, In Tails, which they will present at the Capital theatre ne..
23-Mar-2017
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Jagger plays three city gigs
Simon Wooldridge
The name Jagger will no doubt ring a bell for music fans of all ages. This weekend sees Chris Jagger, Mick’s younger brother, visit Bendigo to play three gigs. Remarkably, these gigs are Jagger’s only Australian dates. He plays at the Handle Bar in Mitchell Street toni..
23-Mar-2017
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Vine return for Lang
Simon Wooldridge
Jeff Lang has fond memories of the Golden Vine. “I used to come and play in the corner of the front bar at the Golden Vine in the early days, before the back room was set up as a venue,” he said “They were fun shows, everyone pretty close to you. I wrote the song Raven..
16-Mar-2017
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High hopes for blue and gold
Joel Peterson
IF you want to get out of the quagmire that is the AFL Victoria Community Championships rankings system, at some point, something has to give. For six years, Bendigo has bounced between playing Ballarat and Gippsland in interleague competition, never able to break through for a win over t..
12-May-2017
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Young guns line up in under-18 clash
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO’S under-18 coach Jason Stevens is confident his side has what it takes to make a winning return to interleague play. The BFNL did not take a side to Gippsland last year, and when it last met Ballarat it was comfortably defeated by a side led by current Richmond live..
12-May-2017
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Netball returns to interleague schedule
Bendigo Weekly
A YOUNG side will carry Bendigo’s interleague netball hopes when it takes on Ballarat on Saturday. Bendigo did not field a netball side at an interleague level last season, forgoing the trip to Gippsland and targeting the Netball Victoria-run association championships instead. This..
12-May-2017
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BSSC holds on in school footy thriller
Joel Peterson
CATHOLIC College may have had the will, but Bendigo Senior had the way in Wednesday’s schools premier league grudge match at the QEO. The annual meeting between the schools is usually a hotly-contested encounter, and this year’s was no different. After CCB jumped out of the block..
12-May-2017
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A spike in results
Joel Peterson
STATE league volleyball returns to the Bendigo Stadium on Saturday when Phantoms hosts Monash University. Phantoms is the state league club comprised mainly of players from across western Victoria and has made Bendigo its base this season after striking a deal with Bendigo Stadium. The c..
12-May-2017
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Black's big Braves boost
Joel Peterson
THE return of Chante Black is an ominous sign for rival SEABL sides, with the Bendigo Lady Braves adding a key piece of the puzzle into an already in-form side. The Lady Braves disposed of the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence and Ballarat Rush last weekend to move to 5-1 and sit ato..
05-May-2017
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RSPCA cuts fees to help cats find homes
Bendigo Weekly
RSPCA Bendigo is waiving the $120 adoption fee for cats for four days next week to give its many cats a better chance of a brighter future. The No Fee for Felines promotion applies to all cats four months and over and runs from Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 22. RSPCA Vict..
12-Jan-2017
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Precious Ruby a hospital gem
Bendigo Weekly
Therapy dog Ruby is lifting the spirits of patients at St John of God Bendigo Hospital. Ruby visits patients each Thursday afternoon in the rehab unit to offer pet therapy for those who wish to spend time with her. Delta Therapy Dogs volunteer, and Ruby’s owner, Julian..
05-Jan-2017
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Call out for blood
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo needs more than 120 blood donations between Christmas and the new year in order to prevent a shortage of blood products vital to the treatment of cancer patients. Bendigo donors are among the millions of busy Australians taking time for Christmas shopping and holidays, leading to a w..
21-Dec-2016
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Virtual views are a technical reality
Bendigo Weekly
A group of older people from the Bendigo region have embarked on a research project to explore the role that virtual reality technology can play in encouraging healthy ageing. Over a series of workshops, which started this week and continue throughout 2017, a group of up to 15 people aged 70..
16-Dec-2016
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Team is fire ready
Bendigo Weekly
A CREW from Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises has helped with fire control during the planned burning season, skills that employees hope to use during traditional burning of land at Mt Barker near Harcourt, and other sites. Crew leader Ian Bentley led a team employed by Forest Fire Management Vict..
08-Dec-2016
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In memory of mates
Bendigo Weekly
VIETNAM veteran Rob Eade is a man on a new mission. He is riding around Australia laying flags at memorials in memory of Australians killed in the war. The Remembrance Ride Oz has taken Mr Eade on a trek from Cessnock, New South Wales via all points of the compass. “I was in..
01-Dec-2016
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Empowering Eaglehawk
Bendigo Weekly
Empowering Eaglehawk is a hugely successful community enterprise. Evidence of this success is the development of the Eaglehawk Canterbury Park Precinct facilities over the past 10 years. The latest project in the pipeline is a state-of-the-art playground which will include a flying f..
12-Jan-2017
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Website right for Bendigo jobseekers
Sharon Kemp
BENDIGO will get its own dedicated online job board with the launch next month of the website Find a Job developed by central Victorian entrepreneur Adam Goodes. The city will be the pilot location for the business ahead of its eventual spread through regional Australia if Find a Job r..
06-Jan-2017
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Thales staff show and shine
Sharon Kemp
THEY make heavy armoured vehicles as a day job, and their own mechanical dreams for fun. So many of Thales’ Bendigo employees are restoring vehicles in their spare time, they can host their own car show. The “company collection” parked in block nine of the Thales Finn S..
21-Dec-2016
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Count the drops
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo inventor Len Williams has won the inaugural Tech for Good award at Electronica 2016 held in Munich. This is a new section to encourage hi-tech electronics applications which focus on benefits for the environment or quality of life. Mr Williams’ invention is a water meter sy..
16-Dec-2016
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Bendigo suffers from a vet shortage
Sharon Kemp
A SPECIALIST veterinary recruitment website shows the demand for qualified vets is higher in Bendigo than in any other regional city. The ads are all for existing veterinary practices in Bendigo but the city can also expect an influx of new clinics with Petstock looking to open a space at i..
08-Dec-2016
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Business leads the way on lighting
Bendigo Weekly
A BENDIGO business is doing its bit to light up for Christmas. For the past couple of year Wills Street Eyecare has decorated their business, a heritage house, with Christmas lights. The response from neighbours and patients was so positive, that this year they’ve invited the who..
01-Dec-2016
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Compost makes the garden grow
Bendigo Weekly
A community garden in Somerville Street, Flora Hill is set to thrive after receiving a load of rich compost made from the council’s organic waste collections. The Bendigo Sustainability Group has set up the garden to showcase sustainable living and help educate members of the public on..
21-Dec-2016
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Trouble spot action
Sharon Kemp
YEARS of community meetings, letters to politicians and protests by school children have yielded a result for Strathfieldsaye residents in the form of traffic lights at a notoriously dangerous intersection near the local primary school. And a leading campaigner for the crossing says she is h..
16-Dec-2016
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Fix that tram
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo Tramways has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover the cost of restoring a rare 101‐year‐old J‐Class tram in its collection. There are hoping the Bendigo community will come on board to help get it back on the tracks. “Tram No. 7, which operated in Melbourne, Balla..
08-Dec-2016
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Stadium steeled for solid future
Sharon Kemp
THE arrival of 40 tonnes of steel at Bendigo Stadium means construction work that has been at ground level is suddenly taking on the shape of the new building. The stadium is still a year away from opening and has been hampered by wet weather during winter and spring. But the framework f..
01-Dec-2016
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TAFE to upgrade
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO TAFE will offer upgraded facilities and new courses in the sectors of health and community, and food and fibre from 2018 thanks to more than $25 million in state government funding. As health sector job opportunities increase in line with the new Bendigo hospital, TAFE will upgrade t..
24-Nov-2016
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The best of bikes
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo will host Australia’s first Cycling Innovation Showcase. The event on Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week will feature a range of cycling manufacturers and designers, guest speakers and demonstrations of cutting edge cycling-related technology and development. On Satu..
17-Nov-2016
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Time right for telling all
Rosalea Ryan
More often than not the story of an affair lasting only a handful of months between two no-name actors 40 years earlier would remain unremarkable and untold; it would certainly not be material on which to base a potentially best-selling book. Yet by the time Carrie Fisher rediscovered three..
05-Jan-2017
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Year round lunches
Bendigo Weekly
A Bendigo resident, primary school teacher and a vegetarian who has become famous with her Instagram account has launched her first book – My Vegetarian Lunchbox. Renae Westley’s online photos about her vegetarian lunches have more than 60,000 followers. Working with local b..
21-Dec-2016
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Reporting from the heart
Rosalea Ryan
Australians know Simon Bouda – right? We know his name, we know his face, we know his voice and we certainly know the tragedies he covers as one of the Nine Network’s most experienced hard-news journalists. But what, really, do we know of Bouda as a person – as a son, husba..
15-Dec-2016
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Winter's depths
Rosalea Ryan
The Ice Beneath Her Camilla Grebe Allen & Unwin $39.99 Stockholm’s crisp mid-winter perfection has been shattered, its pristine snowscape disfigured by a geyser of human blood. In an exclusive outer suburb of the city a woman has been murdered, her body crumpled in a hallw..
08-Dec-2016
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A fresh view
Rosalea Ryan
BRITT-MARIE is not the type of woman to put a coffee cup down without using a coaster, not does she eat pizza straight from its box. Britt-Marie is proper, attentive, precise, correct – “normal”, in other words. To less particular people, however, Britt-Marie could be descr..
02-Dec-2016
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Change of pace
Rosalea Ryan
Falling Jane Green Macmillan, $29.99 Emma Montague isn’t looking for a boyfriend, and she certainly isn’t looking for a ready-made school-aged son. Yet in the process of renting an unfashionably dated beachfront cottage in sleepy Westport, Connecticut, she finds ..
24-Nov-2016
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